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Happy Easter everybody! And here are three little chicks to help you celebrate from February's Crafty Templates. Enjoy your day!

Chicks Away!


Today I've 1 cards using the same template to share,
This little chick is sooooo cute, how could you not want to get using his template straight-away?
Un fact, for this first card I've combined 2 of the current set of Crafty Templates

Chick Egg Template and Easter Egg Hunt Template

I've used papers from the latest Quirky Kit to make this card plus some green chevron paper from my stash to cut out the grass shapes.
The grass and smaller eggs use the Easter Egg Hunt template - I added some extra hand-cut layers of grass too.
The sun is a punched circle and some hand cut rays
The wording is done with rub-ons and the "Easter" is cut with my Craft Robo

If you look closely you'll notice that another of the eggs is busy hatching.....

Chick Egg Template

This time I've attached a spring to the chick and he bounces around merrily on it - full of the joys of Spring, you could say!
I've used my own stash this time
The flower border is made using a EK Success border punch on a strip of paper folded in half lengthwise.  I added small daisy punch-outs and cut some tiny circle centres for the flowers using my Craft Robo.  "Spring" was also cut with the Robo after I'd played about with the letters in Paint Shop Pro to move them around and weld them together.

That's all for now 

Click HERE to find out all you need to know about the fabulous Crafty Templates Sets and the Quirky Kits stuffed with fun stash!

Happy Crafting

Tracing paper: two more uses

That tracing paper in the kit has kept challenging me. Here are my last two experiments with it. I've got hardly any left but will have to find some more I think!
When a kit arrives I print up a variety of photos and then see what goes with what papers. When I saw this photo and the yellow spot paper I sighed with pleasure as I thought they were a perfect match. My initial idea was to use the yellow paper as a full background but then decided I wanted it for other projects as well and so chopped it a little but saved the lion's share for this
I knew that I wanted to add something in between the yellow and the photo and first had the idea of simply using gesso. Then I decided to add some of the Crate Paper (which is a bit like woodgrain) and also use gesso combined with a stencil on the tracing paper.
Me likey
It adds a subtle something extra I think.
I then decided to add gesso and then some yellow paint to the rest of the tracing paper and then see what to do with it. The answer was to turn it into a faux ribbon ruffle that is mutch easier to adhere than real ribbon!
The yellow circle in the top left hand corner of the layout is punched from the tracing paper too.
I used the same Crafters Workshop stencil with a soft grey distress ink; some yellow ink and a woodgrain stamp (not in the kit) as well as some stickers and papers from the kit.

And that is just about my Quirky Kit and Lite kit used up. I've made 9 full layouts and know that I can make some cards with the leftovers. I do hope you have found some inspiration from my crafting

Mixing Up Kits - Scrappy Scrapping!

We're still waiting on the last couple of papers to arrive to finish off the next kits so to prepare for the new kits arriving I thought of looking at ways we can use up kit leftovers. When I've finished using kits I end up mixing the bits and pieces I've got left over together and use them in scrapping and cardmaking mixed with other leftovers in my stash. One way that I tend to work with scraps is to have a colour palette in mind first and use that to put together the bits and pieces I want to use.
In the instance of this layout I started out with the photos which are of red and tin coloured decorations from Christmas so I went with a red and grey tones colour palette looking though the leftovers and picking out bits and pieces that would work. I also pulled out some gold glittery embellishments from my stash to work with the Christmas theme and added some blue to use as an accent colour. Here's what I ended up with:

When putting together layouts using scraps, I tend to find it works the best for me letting them build up organically so it's literally just a case of building up the bits and pieces together and arranging and layering them till I'm happy with the look. They're all scraps that need using up so I'm not concerned with how much gets covered over in the end.

Here I've also layered stickers over the top of one another to create a different look. You can hide parts on stickers you don't want on your layout behind other layers too.

With this sticker I attached it to the bottom of the layout and cut it off so I just used the edge of it to add a little red highlight to the bottom edge of the layout. I used another couple of embellishments to build up a little cluster.
Most of the paper scraps I've not cut down just left them as the were and covered over the layers to leave small pieces of them peeking out.

I made another 'cluster' embellishment from a tag, sticker and little off cuts of paper and ribbon:

 And there is the finished layout:

I made a note of all kits the different bits came from and I ended up using leftovers from six different kits.

OK, now it's your turn. Have you made a layout or other project mixing up leftovers from kits? Why not have a play as we wait for the new kits?
Have fun!
x Leo

Birthday Cake - Crafty Templates

I don't know about you but I could certainly do with a big chunk of birthday cake right now!

I used the print and cut feature on my Silhouette to cut the bracket shape around the cake image and also to cut the cake stand that it is resting on. I coloured the cake with promarkers and finished off with a little twine and one of these lovely tags from a previous Quirky kit.

One inspiration, two layouts

With the Quirky Kit lite "Noted" came a little journalling card "Noted". I thought it would be perfect to go with some photos of me with some cider and based the whole layout around the colours inspired by both the photos and the card. Here it is
I had loads of fun with this, chopping up the papers from the lite kit. Adding those lovely sparkly stars. Layering up the stickers. The chevron arrows are cut from the strip at the bottom of the MME papers. I also added some dots of yellow, red and gold liquid pearls. The heart shape is the grey/taupe Crate Paper die cut, dry embossed and covered with red Distress Ink.
"Lovely" I thought to myself.
I sat back and admired all the little details. I took lots of photos

Then I noticed two things
1: My blogging lines are veeeeery wonky
2: Where is the journalling card?

Number 1 was easy to sort out. I added these words on the bottom of the layout
Number 2 - well I just didn't want to spoil what seemed finished.
So instead I used it on another layout!

As you can probably tell I wasn't going to use much mist on this layout...
But that plan went awry as well. Somehow the Studio Calico paper had me reaching for a Studio Calico mask and I also decided to tone down the papers from the kit in order to make them work together even more. The left hand side end of the papers were all torn for a washi tape kind of effect and everything was inked wtih Black Soot Distress Ink
The "Noted" card was cut in half and used in different places.
The asterisks come from the Thickers set
So once more in my crafting a mistake gets turned into a positive. Just as well as there is more mistake than creativity sometimes!


Two cards from me today - birdies flying by with a little "hello" message, and then some pencils  - always handy for writing messages - ok, its a (very) tenuous link, but thats as good as it gets today!

This card uses the lovely "Tweet, tweet, tweet" template
To make it I've cut out 3 of the smallest of the birdy shapes - they are sooooo cute!
The papers, ribbon and the "Hello" tag all came from my fab Quirky Kit and the Baker's Twine was from my stash

"Pencils Textbook Doodle" Template

This was my first choice to use from the latest Crafty Templates set.  When my DT copy arrives I always scroll down through them all to see which grabs my attention first and start the old creative cogs turning.
This one was fun to use and I knew there'd be the perfect quotation out there somewhere!
 I printed the quotation directly onto my card base

I cut the pencils several times to get all the layers I needed
1. plain white for the base then I inked the pencil points with different colours
2. "wood" coloured card with the very point cut off to show the "lead" colour
3. a top layer of different papers

Next I added thin scraps of faux chipboard to the backs of the pencils and decided on an arrangement on the card before  adhering them in place.
I like the way the bright colours work on the plain white smooth cardstock.
All the papers came in the Quirky Kit, I just added some scraps of card from my stash

That's all for now
Click HERE to find out all you need to know about The fabulous Crafty Templates Sets and the Quirky Kits stuffed with fun stash!

Happy Crafting

You Rock! Crafty Templates

I always find it so hard to come up with ideas for handmade cards for my teenage niece and nephew but I thought this great MP3 player image from February's Crafty Templates was just right for the job.

I went with blue for this one but you could easily go with a more girly colour, or just the favourite colour of the recipient.

I used my Silhouette machine to cut out some hexagons to mirror the patterned paper I used, and then added some Thickers for the sentiment. Perfect for any occasion!

Trends and Techniques: DIY cut out journalling cards

I love the look of the new journalling cards where the negative is used rather than the positive i.e. you cut out a shape and use the piece that is left rather than the cut out.
And I have some of these cards - which were not cheap and then I thought "I could make those myself"
Now the easiest way to do that is with an electronic die cutting machine but if you do not have one, that makes it even more expensive than buying the premade ones.
(Or you might have an old Craft Robo that you haven't plumbed into your computer since you moved, but that is another story)
Or you could use a die cutting machine and some alphabet dies.
Or if you don't have one of those you can print words onto cardstock and then cut it out by hand.

I'm going to show the middle way! Recently die manufacturers have been bringing out individual alphabet dies (rather than several letters on one die) and that is what I have used, along with my trusty Cuttlebug (other machines are available)
It is well worth pencilling a faint line where you want the letters to go (or use grid paper as in my sample) as it is also better to cut the letters one at a time as you have more control over them that way.
Et voila, a home made, saying what you want, note card
And some spare letters. The trend now is to leave the middles open but you do have the option of filling them in if you like.
Here is the idea used on a layout
 The layout came together pretty simply, just by picking out a few blocks of some of the kit papers; using a punch on one and cutting out elements from another paper.
 Some of these were mounted on foam pads for extra dimension
And I also backed the lovely polaroid frame from the kit with some of the tracing paper so that I could add journalling without totally obscuring the picture and papers behind it.
A few of the Prima stickers and some silver flat backed gems for emphasis (not in the kit) and I was done! I do love the way that the colours featured in the kit seem to work well for so many different kinds of layout

Quirky Classroom - Printing photos on tracing paper

Welcome to the first of the Quirky Classroom posts. These are a series of classes working with the goodies from the Quirky Kits and looking at techniques or ideas to have a go at.

This class explores using the tracing paper in your Jan/Feb kit to print onto and create a layering effect. You can change any of the papers I've picked out for ones that suit your layout/photo better but here are the kit goodies I used from both of the kits:

Prima Journalling spot stickers
Photo Freedom Navy Chevron paper
Photo Freedom Red Stripe paper
Crate Paper Latest paper
Thickers alphabet stickers
Crate Paper Fourteen stickers
My Minds Eye Collectable stickers
Airmail envelope
Bird on branch trim
Chevron ribbon trim
Polaroid Frame
Bird notelet
White cardstock
Tracing paper
First print out your photo on the tracing paper. You’ll need to set your printer settings on the transparency setting, (this is what worked best with my printer) so it prints carefully on the more delicate paper. If you know your printer might not cope with the tracing paper temporarily glue it to a sheet of regular printer paper with a dot of gluestick around the edges so it can be run through your printer then peeled away from the paper afterwards.
Print out some other images that will work with your photo onto the tracing paper. I went with some butterflies and printed them in a deep brown. The butterflies are from a free font you can download here if you want to use the same images,

To build the layout I started with a piece of the Red Stripe paper, (approximately 8.5 x 3.5 inches) and the airmail envelope:

The next two layers were a strip of the Crate Paper 'Latest' including the decorative strip at the bottom of the paper it's about 1 inch wide by 8 inches in length. The piece of the Navy Chevron paper, (reverse side with the blue dots) is 3 inches wide by 8 inches in length.
The next two layers are another of the blue dot paper at the opposite side of the layout and a piece of the Red Stripe paper with the text print side showing placed over the top. The text print paper is approximately 8.5 inches square. I've added one of the washi tape stickers from the Crate Paper sticker sheet to the top of the text print paper.
For the next layers I've added a piece of the Crate paper 'Latest' paper with the woodgrain side showing, this piece is roughly 7x5 inches. In the top corner of that I've layered a piece of the Navy Chevron paper with one of the bird notelets and fixed another of the Crate Paper washi stickers along the top of the notelet.

The final layer of paper is the most important one as this is the paper that will show through your photo. I picked out a piece of the Crate Paper 'Latest' paper with the flower side showing as the reds and pinks work with the pinks and oranges in my photo. You might want to choose a different paper so try out your tracing paper photo over the top of the papers first to pick out the one that looks the best. Cut the paper so it's just a little bigger than your printed photo and layer it in the centre of your layout.
I've torn the edges of the photo on the tracing paper but you could cut clean edges if that works better with your photo. Fix the photo to your layout using a sticker in one of the corners first.

The idea of printing on the tracing paper means the photo is semi-translucent so you can layer other images underneath. I've cut out two of the butterfly images to layer underneath my photo. Peel back the photo to position the layers underneath how you want them.
Once you're happy with the layers glue down the images and the photo. I've used small dabs of gluestick, (Prittstick) and once dry it's clear. Tape will show through and wet glue will wrinkle the tracing paper so a 'dry' glue that dries clear like this is best.

For the next stage I've started to add embellishments. I've used a strip of the Crate Paper Fourteen paper with a piece of the bird trim and layered it across the bottom of the layout threading it through one of the Polaroid frames then adding one of the tracing paper butterflies. Another butterfly is in the top left corner.

Along the top edge I stitched down the chevron ribbon trim in a haphazard line so it spilt over the edge of the layout. The trimmed it down to the edge of the layout.


To finish the layout I added some more of the Prima stickers scattered around along with the layout title and some little splashes of ink to bring the colours together, (They're manila and white Mr Huey's mist sprays). The bottom edge of the layout I've left blank to add journalling.

If you have a go at printing on tracing paper from your kit or just using the class ideas to make a regular layout, share what you make with a link to where you've uploaded it in your comment so we can come and see what you've made or email a picture of your finished layout to me at

Have fun!
x Leo